Kayden Nguyen: 3-month-old Pennsylvania boy dies after parents leave him in car for hours in 92F heat
In Pennsylvania, a three-month-old baby died after being left in his parents' car 'for several hours' while temperatures soared beyond 90 degrees Fahrenheit. At 5 pm on Thursday, June 16, authorities were dispatched to a minivan in Upper Saint Clair, where they discovered an unresponsive baby.
Officials said that efforts to save the child's life failed and that he was pronounced dead on the spot. The Medical Examiner's Office later identified the baby as Kayden Nguyen of Peters Township. The cause and manner of his death were not immediately released. The police said in a statement, “When first responders arrived, they attempted life-saving measures, but the infant was pronounced deceased at the scene.” Allegany County Police further added, “Upper Saint Clair police determined the infant was left inside a parent’s vehicle for several hours and requested homicide detectives. Detectives are working to confirm the timeline of events through surveillance video in the area. They are also downloading and reviewing data from the vehicle’s onboard computer.”
According to Metro report, no one has been charged in the incident as of Friday, June 17 afternoon. Cops are yet to identify the boy's father, who owned the minivan. Meanwhile, the county police department is asking if anyone has any information to contact them.
According to KidsAndCars.org, the baby was the fifth child to die in a hot car in the United States this year, with 38 children dying on average each year. On May 19, a one-year-old was discovered dead in a vehicle outside a daycare center in Memphis, Tennessee. An eight-month-old child died earlier that month after being left in a car for hours while her father was being held at a Georgia police station.
The interior temperature of a car can quickly soar with 80 percent of the total temperature rise happening in the first 30 minutes a child is inside a car. Inside the car, temperatures can easily exceed those outside by up to 50 degrees. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, leaving children unsupervised in a car in any weather, even with the window partially open, is never safe. To remember that a child is in the car, they recommend keeping a stuffed animal in the child's car seat on days when they're not, and moving the stuffed animal to the front passenger seat when the child is there as a reminder. Other suggestions include placing purses or bags in the backseat by the child, or even one shoe so parents are assured to check before leaving the car.